Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange is one of the hottest BMW colors on the market now. Introduced on the M3 GTS, the Fire Orange has since been used on limited edition cars, like the Lime Rock M3, and even on “regular” cars like the 3 Series. For around $5,000,...

Fire Orange is one of the hottest BMW colors on the market now. Introduced on the M3 GTS, the Fire Orange has since been used on limited edition cars, like the Lime Rock M3, and even on “regular” cars like the 3 Series. For around $5,000, anyone can have this beautiful paint job. Or, you can simply use a vinyl wrap and save the money for other mods. The owner of this BMW M6 resorted to the latter option and wrapped up his classy M6 in a Fire Orange vinyl. The BMW E63 M6 used the same 5.0 L V10 S85 engine and SMG III gearbox as the E60 M5 producing 373 kW (500 hp) and 520 Nm (380 lb-ft) of torque. And if that’s not enough power, you can seek more ponies on the tuning market. The folks over at European Auto Source worked on the power upgrade of this E63 M6 using an ESS tune.

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In combination with the RPI Scoops, RPI Full Exhaust, RD Underdrive Pulleys, and BMC Filters, this bright-looking M6 churns out a respectable 472hp and 354ft-lbs tq at the wheels. The BMW M6, in its stock form, can accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.4 seconds. With the added tune, this acceleration time and overall performance should increase quite a bit. For more images of this Fire Orange beauty please take a look at the media gallery below.

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

Fire Orange BMW M6 Showcase By European Auto Source

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BMW 135i Coupe – A True Enthusiast’s Car

At the moment, BMW enthusiasts are waiting patiently, or impatiently, for the hotly anticipated M2. No surprise, really, as the current 2 Series is a fantastic driving automobile and its M variant should be one of the more exciting cars on the market...

At the moment, BMW enthusiasts are waiting patiently, or impatiently, for the hotly anticipated M2. No surprise, really, as the current 2 Series is a fantastic driving automobile and its M variant should be one of the more exciting cars on the market. The M2 is, of course, a replacement for the greatly missed BMW 1 Series M Coupe, a car whose legend will live for many years to come. The upcoming M2 will almost definitely be a riot to drive and the 1M is one of the finer driving cars of this decade, but the M2 will be very expensive and the 1M is very expensive as well as rare. So both of these cars, while being excellent, are a bit tough to come by. There is, however, a couple of seemingly forgotten sports cars that also wear a BMW roundel and follow the same recipe — The 135i and 135is.

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The 135i was a pretty standard affair on paper, a 1 Series with BMW’s familiar N54 turbocharged straight-six stuffed under the hood. For the 2011 model year onwards, the powertrain was changed to the N55 single (twin-scroll) turbo inline-6. Making its usual 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque (numbers so perfect they must have been done on purpose), the 135i rockets its way to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. But when equipped with a 6-Speed manual, it’s also one of the purest, most enjoyable driving BMWs in a very long time. There’s a reason why the 1M is so good; it has good genes. Related: Rachel and her love for the BMW 135i

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The 135is is basically a 135i with the M Sport suspension package, 18 inch wheels, a power bump to 320 hp and an M tuned exhaust. It basically just made the standard 135i a tighter, more focused package, capable of nailing 60 mph from a standstill in 4.6 seconds. With it, BMW turned a good driving car into a great one. The old-school hydraulic steering is a reminder to the world of what good steering feel is. Modern day electric power steering setups may be equally as accurate, if not a bit more so, and they’re more efficient, but they will never offer the tactile feedback that a BMW hydraulic setup could. The super fast turn in, thanks to a tiny wheelbase, amplifies the incredible steering, giving the 135is razor sharp handling. Combine all of that with an engine with silky smooth power delivery, incredible thrust and a sound that will tingle your spine for days after driving it.

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People have always loved ‘is’ iterations of BMWs because they offer that little bit extra performance over the standard car without having to open the wallet far enough to get the M version. They’re the poor man’s M cars, for lack of a better term. The 135is is also a bit more special than any previous ‘is’ branded car, as it’s the last. It’s a possibility that BMW may bring the moniker back, but it’s doubtful with its new pseudo M cars, like the M235i. So the 135is has gained a bit of a cult following, much like the 1 Series M and E92 M3. These cars are all the last of their respective breeds, so they are infinitely desirable. How could someone not want one of these wonderful machines?

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All of that performance, all of that old-school feel, all for under $40,000 for the 135is and even less for the standard car. That isn’t necessarily cheap, but a 1 Series M could cost upwards of $60,000 and the upcoming M2 won’t be far off. Both the 135is and 135i offer excellent value for cars that can trigger your senses as well as they can. If you want more of a daily driver, a sports car that’s also comfortable on the highway, go for the standard 135i. It has all of the performance one should ever need, but it can also cruise comfortably on a daily commute. If a more hardcore experience is what you’re after, then look for the 135is. It’s quite a bit more money and the ride is quite a bit stiffer, but it’s also quite a bit more special. The article BMW 135i Coupe – A True Enthusiast’s Car appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Alpinestars Airbag Tech To Be Used on BMW Motorrad Jacket

BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars announced an exclusive agreement to cooperate in motorcycle safety clothing systems today. The first product to be launched under this agreement will be a BMW Motorrad jacket jointly developed by BMW Motorrad and Alpinest...

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BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars announced an exclusive agreement to cooperate in motorcycle safety clothing systems today. The first product to be launched under this agreement will be a BMW Motorrad jacket jointly developed by BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars which will include an airbag developed using Alpinestars technology. The new BMW Motorrad jacket, being branded by […]

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2015 BMW X5M and X6M – Video Review

Australian magazine DRIVE had the chance to test the new 2015 BMW X5 M side-by-side with the X6 M Sports Activity Coupe. We recently had the chance to drive the new X6 M on the Formula track in Austin and our review can be found here. Both cars are p...

Australian magazine DRIVE had the chance to test the new 2015 BMW X5 M side-by-side with the X6 M Sports Activity Coupe. We recently had the chance to drive the new X6 M on the Formula track in Austin and our review can be found here. Both cars are powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery. The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine is 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm.

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At the same time, the engine’s peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The extraordinary power development of this M turbocharged engine allows the new M versions of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds. The top speed of both is electronically limited to 155 mph. The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling. Here is the review: The article 2015 BMW X5M and X6M – Video Review appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW X5M / X6M video review

Video review from Drive.com.au on the new X5M and X6M “weapons.” ...

Video review from Drive.com.au on the new X5M and X6M “weapons.”

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2016 BMW 340i to feature approximately 321 HP

The F30 3 Series LCI (facelift refresh) is coming soon, with production beginning in July — when the 335i will be renamed the 340i. Naturally, one of the biggest questions surrounding the upcoming 340i is how much power its new B58 3.0L turbo ...

The F30 3 Series LCI (facelift refresh) is coming soon, with production beginning in July — when the 335i will be renamed the 340i. Naturally, one of the biggest questions surrounding the upcoming 340i is how much power its new B58 3.0L turbo 6 cylinder engine (replacing the current N55 engine) will deliver. Based on a 340i prototype’s information, courtesy of trusty member ynguldyn, that figure should be approximately 321 HP. The following chart shows a 340i prototype’s power as 240kw, which translates roughly to 321 horsepowers. For comparison, the current 335i makes 300hp. Figures can always change from prototype to production models, but we wouldn’t expect it to be much. It also shows a new color being available – Mediterranean Blue, which can be seen on the 2 Series Active Tourer. As for cosmetic changes, the F30 will feature a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights and shapelier kidney grilles. Adaptive LED headlights will be available on the 3 Series for the first time, the corona ring / angel eyes will receive a new shape, and there will be new full LED tail lights. Photos of these changes can be seen in the prototype spy photos below. As for the 328i, it will become the 330i next year (2016) and its N20 engine will be replaced by the B48 engine at that point.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight Collection Unveiled

British luxury car maker, Rolls Royce, has unveiled the Phantom Limelight Collection which has been conceived for that select group of people who spend their lives in the public eye and on the world stage. The new collection of luxury cars was inspir...

British luxury car maker, Rolls Royce, has unveiled the Phantom Limelight Collection which has been conceived for that select group of people who spend their lives in the public eye and on the world stage. The new collection of luxury cars was inspired by the origin of a British invention which became synonymous with fame. The limelight effect was originally discovered in the 1820s by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, a prototypical British gentleman scientist and inventor of the Victorian era. It was harnessed to revolutionize illumination in the theaters of London’s Covent Garden, highlighting leading actors on the stage, thus leading to the phrase, ‘in the limelight’.

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“In creating the Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight Collection, our designers have delivered authentic luxury by thinking deeply about the lifestyles of the powerful people who operate in the public eye and move swiftly from engagement to engagement as part of their daily life,” explains Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “The result is a beautiful, discreet motor car in which those for whom the world is waiting can prepare, relax and arrive in the finest luxury and style.”

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The Rolls Royce bespoke designers have used their deep understanding of the habits and behaviors of those powerful people, who make and influence world-changing decisions every day, to create a collection of 25 super-luxury motor cars that cater directly to their busy lives like no other car maker can.

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The Phantom Limelight Collection of 25 cars will be available to order immediately from Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers around the world.

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BMW M5 700 hp vs Ford Mustang GT500 – Drag Race

In another unusual drag race, a BMW F10 M5 takes on the Ford Mustang GT500. The tuned up BMW M5 gets an AFE intake, AFE scoops, AMS catless downpipes, BMS tune and a custom-made exhaust by Uppsala Avgasteknik. From the standard 560 horsepower, the M5...

In another unusual drag race, a BMW F10 M5 takes on the Ford Mustang GT500. The tuned up BMW M5 gets an AFE intake, AFE scoops, AMS catless downpipes, BMS tune and a custom-made exhaust by Uppsala Avgasteknik. From the standard 560 horsepower, the M5 now delivers 700 horsepower. The Mustang GT500 is tuned up as well with a supercharger installed under the hood. The 5.8 liter V8 now delivers 671 horsepower. So with more power, yet slightly heavier, is the M5 faster on a straight line? Let’s find out. The article BMW M5 700 hp vs Ford Mustang GT500 – Drag Race appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i5 based on the next 5 Series? Unlikely

In the last few days, the interwebs were filled up with a rumor from AutoBild Germany regarding the highly-rumored BMW i5. The third addition to the i sub-brand has been a hot topic in the last year, with people labeling the i5 as a “Tesla kill...

In the last few days, the interwebs were filled up with a rumor from AutoBild Germany regarding the highly-rumored BMW i5. The third addition to the i sub-brand has been a hot topic in the last year, with people labeling the i5 as a “Tesla killer”. The speculations ranged from a fully electric sedan to a plug-in hybrid touring, and now to a car based on the next generation G30 5 Series. German publication Auto Bild reported that the next i model is expected to arrive in 2018, despite BMW’s R&D boss recently saying the next i car won’t arrive until 2020. Furthermore, the magazine seems to believe they have the inside scoop on the drivetrain as well. The magazine further contends the i5 will be a hybrid vehicle which relies on a 2.0-liter, three- or four-cylinder gasoline motor that reaches around 201-218 horsepower. Using Power eDrive, the front engine would develop 150 hp and rear one 268-272 hp with a 75 kWh battery. The whole powertrain would be capable of 640-670 horsepower. Running on only electricity, it would achieve somewhere between 65 and 78 miles in range.

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When asked for a comment by many publications, BMW spokespeople refrained from commenting on speculations. And with good reason. We believe that BMW is indeed working on another i car, but at the same, time, we’re reticent about the prospect of a new electric/plug-in hybrid carrying the i5 moniker while being based on a regular series production car. No one denies that BMW needs a car to compete directly with the Tesla Model S. BMW knows that, we all know that, it’s just a matter of time until we see a car in the same segment, or at least close to it. We believe BMW is likely to take their time building another electric car and will focus in the near future on how to improve their first electric vehicle, the i3, and especially, on how to better market it. Now at the same, it is likely that BMW will preview in the next year or so, another Vision Concept car to highlight the company’s future vision (no pun intended). For now, let’s table those speculations and refrain from adding more fuel to the fire. The article BMW i5 based on the next 5 Series? Unlikely appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Photos: Bimmerposters Monticello Motor Club Day

Photos from Bimmerposters Monticello Motor Club Day. Rallye BMW of Westbury invited their staff and select customers for an all day outing at Monticello Motor Club in NY. Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, everyone in attendance had a B...

Photos from Bimmerposters Monticello Motor Club Day. Rallye BMW of Westbury invited their staff and select customers for an all day outing at Monticello Motor Club in NY. Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, everyone in attendance had a BLAST.

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